Technology from a Canadian net-filtering company called Netsweeper has been used to censor news and LGBTQ and political resources around the world
To censor the internet, 10 countries use Canadian filtering technology, researchers say
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A new Citizen Lab report says Netsweeper is being used to censor political critics, news, and LGBTQ+ resources
Matthew Braga, Nahlah Ayed, Dave Seglins, Julian Sher, Michelle Gagnon · CBC News · Posted: Apr 25, 2018 4:00 AM ET | Last Updated: an hour ago
Ahmed Mansoor has been threatened, spied on, and beaten — all payback, the human rights activist believes, for his outspoken criticism of the United Arab Emirates' numerous human rights violations, and its soaring crackdowns on dissent.
His activism ended with his arrest — but started, he has said, with the censorship of his popular online discussion forum. Experts now say it was blocked with help from Canadian technology that has repeatedly found itself in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.
As part of a globe-spanning investigation released Wednesday, researchers at the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab say they have found fresh evidence that internet-filtering technology developed by Waterloo, Ont.-based Netsweeper is being used in 10 countries to censor access to news, religious content, LGBTQ+ resources, and political campaigns.
India and Pakistan, both parliamentary democracies, are two notable entries in a list of regimes that includes the UAE.
Among the findings:
- Google searches for the keywords "gay" and "lesbian" were blocked in the UAE, Bahrain, and Yemen if accessed over an unencrypted connection.
- Websites under the category "abortions" were entirely blocked in Kuwait.
- The World Health Organization was miscategorized as pornography in the UAE and Kuwait.
- Websites hosting political news, opinion, and criticism were blocked in Bahrain, Qatar, Sudan, and Somalia.
- In Yemen, Houthi rebels have restricted access to competing information about the country's civil war.
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